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Ole Miss blasts LSU 31-17

October 23, 2021
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With no shortage of drama and storylines, LSU came into this game blazing. The Tigers opened the game stopping the potent Ole Miss offense twice and holding a 7-0 lead with a chance to go up 14-0 on the three-yard line. During that stretch, LSU outgained the Rebels 162-16.

However, that all came to a screeching halt when LSU quarterback Max Johnson‍ threw an interception on 4th down at the one-yard line. and it was all downhill from there.

From that point on Ole Miss outscored LSU 31-10, and outgained the Tigers 454-164 securing a 31-17 win in Oxford.

“We didn't execute when we needed to execute,” Orgeron said. But I thought they came ready to play."

This is Ed Orgeron’s first loss to Ole Miss, his former team, since becoming LSU’s head coach and it comes on the heels of Orgeron and LSU’s separation agreement earlier this week. Adding to the drama was his long-time friend on the opposing sideline, Lane Kiffin who many consider a leading candidate to replace Orgeron.

“To not just win, but to comfortably win there, up 21 in the fourth quarter when we start to slow it down is pretty neat,” Kiffin said. I don't think we've beat them in five or six years or something so I hope our fans are pretty excited about that.”

Despite the noise of possibly missing the game with a minor injury, Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral padded his Heisman resume with an impressive performance completing 17 of 22 passes with 180 yards and a touchdown. He also added 24 yards on the ground and a catch for 19 yards.

With Ole Miss holding a 31-7 lead, the Tigers gave freshman quarterback Garrett Nussmeier‍ a look. He accounted for ten points and went 7-12 with 103 yards and a touchdown. His counterpart, Johnson, went 13-21 with 146 yards no touchdowns and an interception.

After a record-setting performance running the ball last week against Florida, LSU was unable to carry the momentum into Oxford rushing for a paltry 77 yards on 35 carries. Running back Tyron Davis-Price led the way with 53 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

LSU linebacker Damone Clark‍ continued to be a tackling machine for LSU’s defense racking up 20 tackles in the game.

"It's no excuses,” Clark said. “We've just got to go out there & execute. It's the SEC. Each week you're gonna see a team like this. &, like I said, you've gotta go out there & execute. There's no excuses for anything."

"I think he’s playing like an All-American,” Orgeron said of Clark.

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